Putting buildings into sustainable use

Our goal is to continue reutilizing properties in the end of their life cycle and minimize their ecological footprint.

Our flexible service concept enables the reuse of existing properties for accommodation purposes. In addition, we are always looking for innovative ways to reuse empty buildings. Reused properties will play a significant role in our real estate strategy in the future as well.

“Our goal is to continue reutilizing properties in the end of their life cycle and minimize their ecological footprint. The ideal ratio in the future is to have 40% newly built properties and 60% renewed older properties’’, cites our CEO, Johannes Kangas in Forenom Corporate Responsibility Guidelines 2019 document.

Find below examples of how we put empty buildings into sustainable use.

An empty, red-brick office building in Grønland, Oslo, was transformed into a top-of-the-line Aparthotel

An empty, red-brick office building in Grønland, Oslo-East, started a new exciting phase after refurbishment in 2018 when it opened as a modern Aparthotel. The subtle and stylish red-brick office building situated in Lakkegata 3 was originally constructed in the mid-80s and has now been transformed into a top-of-the-line Aparthotel. A new 6-floor Aparthotel provides 163 newly furnished apartments that are equipped to enable longer stays in the city.

Forenom Aparthotel Oslo

From a Bank to Modern Hostel in Jyväskylä, Finland

Forenom Hostel Jyväskylä, located right in the heart of Jyväskylä’s pedestrian district, has given a new lease of life to a 1950s office building. The building was previously a bank, with the reinforced concrete basement bunker now reminding guests of the building’s unique legacy. Inside the former vault there is a jacuzzi section next to the sauna. This accommodation concept is intended to ensure the efficient use of facilities. The hostel’s ecological design, efficiency and communality offer a new type of accommodation. Even the walls and furniture are clad in Finnish birch plywood.

Forenom Hostel Jyväskylä

Forenom Hostel in Helsinki was once a Sibelius Academy’s training center

Sibelius Academy, the cornerstone of Finnish music, is one of the largest music academies in Europe. In 2018 Forenom took over a vacant office building in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki and transformed it into a modern Forenom Hostel. The property was once a Sibelius Academy’s training center and later an office building for the pension insurance company Ilmarinen. Now a new 200-room Forenom Hostel serves project workers by offering easy and cost-efficient solutions for their accommodation needs.

Forenom Hostel Helsinki Kutomotie

Former Turku prison now hosts premium apartments

Kakolanmäki in Turku is the largest historical prisoncompound and the most significant example of correctional architectural heritage in Finland. The prison was built in the 1800s and over the years housed some of the most notorious villains in Finnish history. In 2016, Forenom transformed the unused prison’s old psychiatric hospital into fully furnished and serviced premium-level apartments. The original red-brick walls and massive concrete structures have been combined with modern high-quality materials and furniture to achieve a concept everyone can appreciate.

Forenom Serviced Apartments Turku Kakolanmäki

Read more about our actions toward more sustainable business travel

Forenom Corporate Responsibility Guidelines 2019

As a forward-looking force in the hospitality industry, our responsibility as a partner is to find the most effective way to serve our customers, while minimizing our negative environmental and social impact. Forenom Corporate Responsibility Guidelines 2019 document covers specific social and environmental issues that contribute to the sustainable development of Forenom Group and are of interest to our customers, stakeholders and communities.

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